YES, you can and you should brush your dog’s teeth. Brushing your dog’s teeth at home is the best way to keep their teeth and gums healthy. You should start brushing your pet’s teeth as soon as you can so they get used to the routine.
What should I use to brush dog’s teeth with?
You don’t necessarily need anything fancy to brush your dog’s teeth with. Some things you probably already have at home that you could use would be a Q- tip or gauze. SImply wrap a piece of gauze around your finger moistened with water and rub in a gentle motion. Don’t forget to get close to the gumline. Another cheap alternative is to go to the dollar store and get a child’s toothbrush, find one with soft bristles. You can also find specially designed pet toothbrushes in the pet section of your store or online.
Can I brush my dog’s teeth with my toothpaste?
A lot of toothpaste made for people has salt and or baking soda added, which works great for you but not your furry friend. Swallowing these cleansers can be harmful to your dog. Your best option is to use pet toothpaste that’s made specifically for dogs and comes in flavors your dog will enjoy like chicken, seaford and beef, yum!
How often should you brush?
You should brush your dog’s teeth everyday but how often you do depends on a variety of factors. Brushing them as often as possible will help tremendously with their overall mouth health. Chew toys are not an alternative for brushing your dog’s teeth but they are crucial in maintaining a healthy mouth . Dog chew toys, dental diets, and bones are not a solution to teeth brushing but they can promote healthy teeth and gums.
Brushing Up – Tips for you to clean your dog’s teeth
Let’s face it, brushing a dog’s teeth can be a struggle especially in the beginning. Have patience, this will make it easier on both you and Fido. This is gonna be a process but once you both have it down it will come as second nature.
- Don’t begin by just trying to shove a toothbrush in his mouth, that’s just not going to work. Practice by letting the dog get used to you handling his mouth and snout area. You must let the dog get used to this new exercise so he can learn to trust.
- Next put a dab of the dog toothpaste on your finger and let him explore it.
- Slowing introduce the toothbrush to your dog. Show him it and let him smell and nudge it. Gently lift your dog’s upper lip and put the brush on his teeth. It may take a few tries of just doing this before moving on to the actual brushing.
- Once you and the dog are comfortable brush his teeth in small sections in a circular motion. Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle, so you can get the gumline clean. Make sure the dog is staying calm. If he does not stop the process and try again later.